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French Language and Culture

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Major or Minor in

French Language and Culture

Linfield's major and minor in French language and culture will help you develop the linguistic and cultural tools to interact with diverse communities as well as intercultural skills highly sought in an array of careers. With the opportunity to study abroad, learn first-hand about the rich cultural history, diverse groups and native tongue throughout the French-Speaking world – France, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and North America.

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As a French language and culture major at Linfield

you might take:

French Culture and Free Expression

Fine-tune your linguistic skills and reach conversation-level French. (GLFR 202)

Introduction to African Cinema

Analyze North African and Sub-Saharan films through active class discussion, group presentations, and participation in Portland’s African Film Festival. (GLFA 215)

Topics in French Literature

Study of selected topics in French literature through reading and discussion of major works. Study of literary genres and movements. (GLFR 350)

Studying French language and culture at Linfield

Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in the target language of study on a variety of topics related to interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational modes, both in academic and professional contexts and in a culturally appropriate fashion


    Critically analyze through cultural products such as film, literature and other media, cultural practices and historical contexts that have shaped the target culture

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  • Develop an understanding of and respect for diverse values and perspectives as portrayed in the communities of the target culture


    Engage in civic learning to gain insights into global and local citizenry

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  • Reflect upon personal experiences in the target culture to transfer learning to new, complex situations.


    Develop a broad interdisciplinary approach and generate informed perspectives, insights, and/or appreciations to various cultural products, such as films, literature, and media from the target culture

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  • Engage societal issues in the context of the complex interdependent global systems and legacies and their implications for people’s lives and the earth’s sustainability

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  • Gain the critical insights into how global processes affect communities differently and how power is unequally distributed
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Internship opportunities

Attending classes is only part of the language-learning experience. Internships give you the opportunity to communicate in your target language or interact with people from those cultures. Internships are also a great way to explore other interests and develop transferable skills.

Here are some examples of places where students have interned:

  • Wine Industry Exploration intern, Vista Hills Vineyard
  • French liaison, International Pinot Noir Celebration
  • Newberg High School

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Have questions about studying French language and culture at Linfield? Reach out! We'd love to connect with you.
Masayuki Itomitsu
Masayuki Itomitsu
Associate Professor and Department Chair
Walker Hall
503-883-2475
mitomit@linfield.edu